According to a press release published by Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, U.S. on October 20, 2014 a new study found that typically 14 years elapse between an initial safety concern about a given chemical and appropriate action. Rolf Halden, lead author of the study published in the peer-reviewed scientific Journal of Hazardous Materials and director of the institute, stresses that in order to better protect human health and the environment, it is desirable to decrease the number of chemicals of emerging concern (CECs) and the time required to take action. The article reports that preliminary safety testing for the growing number of chemicals released onto the market is often inadequate. Halden argues that chemicals should be designed to be safe and points to the emerging discipline of green chemistry, which aims to design of inherently safety chemicals.
ASU Biodesign Institute (October 20, 2014). “New study charts the fate of chemicals affecting health and the environment.”